Solange Knowles covers Harper’s Bazaar & lets them publish her poems

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Solange Knowles covers the latest “digital issue” of Harper’s Bazaar. On the two covers and throughout the editorial, Solange styled herself and selected all of her clothing, which all came from majority-BIPOC, independently-owned designers or design houses. As many of us have said before, Solange has a better “eye” than her sister. Solange understands fashion, understands style, understands her individual aesthetic more than Beyonce. Beyonce is good, don’t get me wrong. But Beyonce’s vision has always been helped along by collaborators, and Beyonce has done a lot of homage-ing in her day too. Basically, I’m saying that Solange would have been a great stylist, a great fashion designer, and a really great editor or photographer.

Harper’s Bazaar didn’t do a traditional interview with Solange, which is too bad because she’s actually very quotable when she does speak (again, unlike her sister). Instead, Bazaar gave Solange the space to write some poems/essays about what this year has been like, with the pandemic and the racial-justice movement, about what it’s like to be Black in America at this point in time. You can read the full piece here. One highlights:

And then we all had to confront stillness. To collectively honor, to listen, to survive.

Some days I am on top of mountains. Some days I am weary. Some days I smile and laugh in ways I didn’t know I could. Sometimes I grieve all of the loss, looking for pillars or anchors to hold on to. Some days I see so much promise in my future despite the chaos around me because I woke up a Black woman with this spirit in my heart. If I move, I am not running. If I move, it is by choice. I feel good knowing that I surrendered and found answers in my stillness.

When I see these two Harper’s BAZAAR covers, I see the duality of me in these moments. I feel a lot of freedom in not having to chose to exist as one.

This past May, I jotted down a little jingle to sing when the going gets rough:

“Doing the work sure ain’t pretty, it’s like tearing down and rebuilding whole damn cities”

I never sing it, but knowing it exists is enough.

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

After reading several of Solange’s poems, I’ve now convinced myself that I need to go back to writing poetry. God, I haven’t written a poem since I was like 20 years old? But I think I need to. The thing is, I write all day. I don’t feel like writing in my spare time. But Solange really has inspired me.

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Covers courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar.

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  1. alexc says:

    Have always thought Solange was the more talented and interesting sister. She seems to have the soul of a real artist.

    • Eleonor says:

      This.
      On a personal level I prefer her style.

    • Flying Fish says:

      Yes. she is more talented, interesting and intelligent.

    • LoonaticCap says:

      See.. Why do we have to pit them against each other?
      While I think esthetically she’s got a better eye, Beyonce’s voice and dancing skills are much more notable. However, I think it’s ok they both have their strengths. I say this being an early Solange fan.
      I have to say though I saw her live on afropunk last year and I left mid-show. She’s gotten too conceptual for me. But I respect and admire her.

      • Polly says:

        Thank you! They can both exist and be incredible in different ways! Let’s not do the patriarchy’s work for them.

  2. Renee says:

    She is so pretty and just exudes an artistic spirit. I would love to spend an afternoon with her. I find her so insightful.

  3. classicmoviecat says:

    When I saw an interview with Solange years ago, when she decided to wear her natural hair, I also decided right then that I would never straighten my hair again.
    I’m thankful she gave me courage and inspiration to do it. She’s very eloquent.

  4. osito says:

    I love who Solange has grown up to be and how much she and B support each other as sisters.

  5. Lucy says:

    I love her music so, so much.

  6. Ohlala says:

    I think she is sooo cool. Love her style and personality. She is the woman I admire a lot and think definitely more artistic and talented

  7. LoonaticCap says:

    I’d hate to be compared to my sister the way she is.
    And again people don’t like Beyonce’s persona/ style /music and equate that to lack of talent.
    Beyonce IS talented
    She has a great voice. Vision. Business acumen. She’s a HARD worker.
    A true performance artist.
    I say this while fully acknowledging her flaws.

    Solange IS talented
    Her voice is very different from her sister, and also a great voice
    She’s more conceptual, abstract kind of artist
    I watched her live last year and ir was a snooze, but in daytime maybe I’d be more inclined to appreciate.

    They are different and that’s ok.